Wednesday, May 1, 2013

High 5 For Small Business: Be more productive working from home

Do any of your readers work from home? People think it's easy, but in reality the distractions and commitments can be overwhelming. If you think your work-at-home readers could use some tips on being more productive and less stressed, be sure to pass along this month's High 5 article.

High 5 For Small Business: Be more productive working from home
By Marc Gordon

For many business owners, working from home can bring efficiency, reduce overhead and allow more time to spend with family. The problem is that there can also be more distractions such as kids, household chores, and running errands. And these can lead to some serious stress. Here are five ways to help you become more efficient and less stressed while working from home.
  1. Have a designated work area. Forget the kitchen table - have a room with a door to call your own. Train your family to know you are unavailable when the door is closed.
  2. Schedule your time. Set aside blocks of time throughout the day and week for work, chores, meals, errands, and "me time".
  3. Keep set hours. It can be easy to take a few hours off in the afternoon then work till midnight. The problem is that this can lead to you working too many hours or not enough, resulting in either exhaustion or a lack of business growth. Try to keep your hours in line with the rest of your industry.
  4. Have a "second office". Studies have shown that a change of scenery can make you more productive. So grab the laptop and head off to a coffee shop or local library for some creative thinking.
  5. Go to networking events. It's easy to become solitary working from home, making you unmotivated and uninspired. Meeting new people will not only keep you sharp, it may even bring in new business.
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About Marc Gordon
Marc Gordon is a marketing consultant, professional speaker and author specializing in small business. His articles have appeared in hundreds of publications, journals, and blogs throughout North America. His online show, marctv, has been rated one of the top 25 B2B blogs on the web.
Marc Gordon c/o Fourword Marketing
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